This is usually a great band and this show seems to be fairly disjointed... The sound first
off seems muffly and almost stealth like and I'm sure the soundman was trying to get it together. Jim W. is a great telecaster player and the addition of Tony Levin, does not necessarily highlight his talents. Randy C was
the breath of life of the reformed "Band". This show isn't the one to showcase the power of this project. Skip this one and try another before judging their efforts.
Reviewer:Lamont DePew -
July 30, 2005 Subject:
Open air, beautiful mountains, good food, and smokin' music (why surely madam you must be dreamin') it, as they say...don't git no betterin' that! If you'ld love to hear some fire breathing good music, go see the Jim Weider Band II. You owe it to yourself to treat your earbuds to something nice for a change. Soft mello passages or full shred Jim & the boys have it all. If you are new at the JWB game go to jimweider.com browse around the site and check out all the great info about Jim, Randy, Jesse, & Daniel collectively known as the JWB II. Check out Jim's bio as well, and while you're there you will be able to buy all Jim's records (signed if you request) " Big Foot", "Remedy"' and the new "Percolator". The site has links to other great sites as well including "The Band" site (Jim was the guitar player for The Band for over a decade). Remember, go you see the JWB II...it's not just for breakfast anymore!
Reviewer:Scott Cunha -
July 29, 2005 Subject:
Skill to spare
By all means, if you can't stomach envious chops... if you can't appreciate a blistering guitar... run away from this one because Weider & Gress might make you puke! The Percolator show has evidence of a deft hand applied with taste. Troll for example is much more than flash. Let it wash over you and transport you to another place, then you will know there is more here than amazing skills.
If you want to hear some soulful melodies and pure heartfelt emotion, listen to Sliding Home and No Goodbyes from Weider's 4/16/05 show; Brilliant! It's a multi track recording. http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-details-db.php?id=27459
And honestly, Tony Levin could turn a funeral dirge into a funk masterpiece with a deeper groove than a fat plumber's butt... if he wanted to.
July 28, 2005 Subject:
Excellent, fresh sound from an awesome guitar talent. And, Randy Ciarlante is just an awesome drummer. I've heard this group live several times, and have always been hard pressed to see the women in the crowd standing still. I can't say this recording really captures the quality of the live show. Stop out and see them yourself.
Reviewer:jerry cannon -
July 27, 2005 Subject:
The Jim Weider Band with one of the world's greatest bass players sitting in on a couple of tunes! The Band is as follows:
Jim Weider - guitar
Jesse Gress - guitar
Randy Ciarlante - Drums
Daniel Grimsland - bass
Carlos Valdez - Percussion
and a guest appearance by Tony Levin on the last two tracks on bass!
July 26, 2005 Subject:
Wow! What a letdown. I mean, Weider may have replaced Robbie Robertson, but he never filled his shoes. But still, this is just awful. For fans of Joe Satriani/Steve Vai/Berklee School heavy metal emptiness only. If you value soul (or melodies) you gotta look elsewhere. If you like pure chops playing, this is for you.
July 19, 2005 Subject:
Great, NEW Music from a Guitar Legend !!!!
Jim and his crew are a true class act. He shows this by having the courage to re-invent himself. After having achieved world-wide fame as The Band's guitar player (joined them in 1985 or so), the easy road would be to just rehash the old tried and true stuff. This is a very interesting group with a fresh and modern approach to instrumental guitar music. Randy Ciarlante imho is a hugely under-rated drummer. Anyone without an agenda and who listens with an open heart can tell that Tony Levin's decision to join these guys (he can play with ANYONE he wants to right?? ) is driven by the excellence of the music.
Reviewer:infinite fool -
July 12, 2005 Subject:
A Waste of Time
Grooveless, tuneless guitar flash from a band more interested in impressing the audience than in entertaining us. I was at this show & these guys were the only downer on an otherwise excellent day. Not even Tony Levin can save this junk.